The Dorris-Eaton Parents' Association

Welcome to DEPA

Message from DEPA

Let’s Help Enrich the Dorris-Eaton Experience!

The Dorris-Eaton Parents’ Association (DEPA) is an active community of parents who volunteer for the benefit of ALL students of The Dorris-Eaton School.  This wonderful organization brings together parents, children, and teachers to further enhance the Dorris-Eaton experience.

Our membership provides: cultural enrichment programs, young author visits, family outings, parent socials, teacher appreciation days, seasonal class parties, and continued support of the DEPA Library.

The programs of DEPA exist because of you!  It takes every parent making a small contribution of their time to make a large impact.  Let’s keep DEPA strong.  You won’t regret the opportunity to be part of your child’s educational community.

Volunteer now for the 2015-2016 school year – we need you.

Please review our list of DEPA Committees below.  We are seeking additional volunteers to join in the fun.  We welcome and encourage any questions you might have. 

Here’s to an amazing school year.


Upcoming events

DEPA BOARD 2016-17

Listed below are brief descriptions of all DEPA committees. Estimated time commitments to chair each committee are in parentheses. Committee members can expect their time commitment to be less than that for the chairperson. Position listings under “Alamo” are for the Alamo campus only; those under “SR” are for the San Ramon campus only.  Open chair positions are in blue.

  • Back-to-School Night: (SR-two nights/Alamo-one night) Organize the set-up and clean-up of refreshments (September).
  • Scholastic Book Fair: (SR) Set-up and coordinate (one week in April, planning starts in February).
  • Cultural Enrichment Assemblies: (SR/Alamo) Coordinate, select in conjunction with school administration, set-up, and attend all school-wide assemblies (year-round, planning starts in June).
  • eNews Editor: (SR/Alamo) Work with Board, room parents, and teachers to prepare eNews to be sent to all DEPA members (monthly). 
  • eScrip Coordinator: (SR/Alamo) Promote participation and monitor membership (year-round, Sept./Oct. busiest months).
  • Fall Family Event (Fallfest): (SR/Alamo) Organize and coordinate school fall event (one day in October, planning starts in July). 
  • Father/Son Event: (SR/Alamo) Plan and organize event (one day in March/April, planning starts in February).
  • Mother/Daughter Event: (SR/Alamo) Plan and organize event (one day in March/April, planning starts in February).
  • Grade Specific Cultural Enrichment Coordinator: (SR) Oversee K-8 grade-specific cultural enrichment programs, work with teachers and room parents to offer suggestions/review options. 
  • Information Technology Coordinator: (SR/Alamo) Controls all content of Assists and trains Chairs of DEPA events to manage their event via the website. Distributes group emails to DEPA membership as needed.
  • Library: (Alamo) Manage library and assist parent volunteers (year-round, 3-4 hours per week).
  • Membership Coordinator: (SR) Organize membership drive, manage membership roles, and organize contact with new families (year-round, September and October are the busiest months).
  • Mother/Daughter Event: (SR/Alamo) Plan and organize event (one day in March/April, planning starts in January).
  • New Member Tea: (SR/Alamo) Offer space in home and help coordinate. Open to new families of Dorris-Eaton. Gives opportunity to welcome new families and introduce DEPA. (one day, usually takes place in September.)
  • Parent Social(s): (SR/Alamo) Plan parent social gathering(s) (hours will vary depending on event).
  • Room-Parent Coordinator: (SR) Provide support/guidance for room parents and act as liaison between school administration and room parents (year-round, planning starts in August).  A Board member is encouraged to fill this position.
  • Room-Parent Treasurer: (SR) Collect and track room parent funds. Work with Room-Parent Coordinator and Treasurer.
  • Student Treats: (SR/Alamo) Coordinate after-school treats for students (3 to 5 times a year).
  • Teacher Appreciation: (SR/Alamo) Coordinate and organize week-long teacher appreciation week in spring.
  • Teacher Luncheons: (SR/Alamo) Coordinate and organize lunch for teachers three times per year (one day during conference week in November and April, and a winter holiday luncheon).  
  • Used Uniform Sales: (SR) Schedule/manage the sale of used uniforms and organize/stock the DEPA supply closet (once in August and bi-monthly when school begins, sales are 1 ½ hours).
  • Year End Party: (SR) Organize and oversee the Year-End Party for either K-4 or 5-8. 
  • Young Authors’ Program: (SR/Alamo) Work with local booksellers to bring author presentations to the school for assemblies, market the books being presented, and manage book sales (year-round).
For further details or to express interest please email Paul Sherer.
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